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Petersfield performer Michael Auger joins Shine Radio’s Noni Needs for our first play of the new Collabro song, Christmas is Here.

Buy the single to help raise funds for Help for Heroes

The song’s release will boost fundraising for charity Help for Heroes.

What does Christmas mean for Michael, how did the song come about and when can we hear more of Michael on Petersfield’s Shine Radio this Christmas?

Collabro singer, Michael Auger, says

“We are so excited to be launching this single with Help for Heroes. With so many of us worried about the impact of the coronavirus on whether we can get together with loved ones this Christmas, it made us realise that this is what many people in the Armed Forces feel every year when they have to serve their country away from home during the festive season. We really hope that we can get the whole nation behind our single so we can get it to the Christmas Number One slot and raise as much money as possible for injured and sick veterans and their families.”

Over recent months Help for Heroes, which relies on public donations for 97% of its income, has seen a 30% reduction in regular income as a result of COVID-19, with all planned face-to-face fundraising events and activities since April either cancelled or postponed. It also expects continued significant falls in the coming years due to ongoing economic recession. At the same time, the charity has seen a 33% increase in those coming forward for mental health support and a 30% increase in referrals to veterans’ clinical services.